NASCAR announced that Noah Gragson has been reinstated on Tuesday, September 12th 2023, lifting his indefinite suspension.
Gragson has been suspended since August 5th as a result of interaction with a racially insensitive post on social media. Gragson was also immediately suspended by his team, Legacy Motor Club (LMC).
“Noah Gragson has completed diversity and inclusion training with our partners at RISE,” a NASCAR spokesperson said in a statement. They also indicated that the group recommended that Gragson be reinstated, and that his NASCAR member privileges also be restored.
As a reminder, prior to the suspension, Noah Gragson drove the No. 42 Chevy Camaro ZL1, fielded by LMC for Cup Series competition. Gragson previously signed with LMC for a multiyear contract, although specifics were not disclosed. The 2023 Cup Series season marked Gragson’s first in the division after moving up from a successful Xfinity Series career. However, a few days after Gragson was suspended by NASCAR, he asked for his early release from his contract with LMC. The organization granted it, and the two have since parted ways.
Since Gragson’s departure, Mike Rockenfeller, Jordan Taylor and Carson Hocevar have driven the No. 42 Camaro in the Cup Series. John Hunter Nemechek, currently an Xfinity Series regular, will take over the No. 42 entry next year. However, The No. 42 race car will no longer be a Camaro, as LMC announced earlier this year that it will join forces with Toyota upon conclusion of the 2023 season.
At this time, it’s not clear where Gragson himself could end up. However, now that he is reinstated for competition, he can pursue rides in any of NASCAR’s divisions, including the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Truck Series or others.